We can always use a reminder to be patient every now and then. “Patience is a virtue” my Dad always said, but I actually had no idea what he meant by that. I have been reminded lately that patience along with a little faith will bring you what you need in it’s own due time. We see this in our practice all the time, whether trying for a new pose or the ability to actually be in meditation. Stop fighting, breathe and have patience, it will go a long way
The following theme can be used either for your own personal practice, or for your group classes or one on ones that you are teaching. Everything below is just a guide based on my thoughts and experiences in the moment. Feel free to change anything to better suit your teaching/practice style or so that it feels more authentic to you and your own teaching voice. Namasté
Physical Focus: Use lots of long holds here to tap a little into your students sympathetic nervous systems. Challenge their thought patterns as their instinct to move or change kicks in. This can be done either with traditional strength poses such as Warriors or balance poses, or incorporate Yin based poses with those long holds for a deeper stretch and release.
Chakra: 6th chakra – third eye. Trusting our intuition that we are on the right path
Pranayama: 3-part breath
Mudra: shuni mudra, mudra for patience. Middle finger and thumb touching
Essential Oil*: Peace by DoTERRA Ingredients: Vetiver Root, Lavender Flower, Ylang Ylang Flower, Frankincense Resin, Clary Sage Flower, Marjoram Leaf, Labdanum Leaf/Stalk, Spearmint Herb
Mantra: So Ham – I am that
This is definitely the class that as a teacher you will want to centre yourself first. Hard to convince your students about patience when you are running into the room last minute and bustling around to get set up. Use cues that are calming and sincere, use examples from nature: buds on trees and flowers, sun after the rain.
What class themes are you looking for? How else can I help you with class design? Let me know in the comments below.
*always check with your students for allergies or sensitivities to scent.